sail·​plane | \ ˈsāl-ˌplān How to pronounce sailplane (audio) \

Definition of sailplane

: a glider of such design that it is able to rise in an upward air current

Other Words from sailplane

sailplane intransitive verb
sailplaner noun

Examples of sailplane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sailplanes are all identical, made lightweight from foam, with radio controls and 6½-foot wing spans. Alan Berner, The Seattle Times, 23 Nov. 2018 The graceful sailplanes soar silently over Arizona 74 and Lake Pleasant Road. Sonja Haller, azcentral, 30 Jan. 2015 Donned in coveralls, and looking the part of fliers, the members of the first girls’ sailplane club ever organized in the United States, showed much enthusiasm., 16 Feb. 2018 Once airborne, the gliders — or sailplanes — were left to their own devices. Cade Metz, New York Times, 16 Aug. 2017 Sky Sailing San Diego takes customers into the heavens aboard sailplanes (aka gliders) high above Warner Springs, near Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Michael Benninger, Pacific San Diego Magazine, 3 July 2017 Because the air will be thin, the sailplane will risk stalling. Ryan Bell, National Geographic, 26 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of sailplane

1922, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sailplane was in 1922

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“Sailplane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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